By Paul Homewood

The BBC’s obsession with climate change gets worse every day!

I drive a diesel car, eat meat and just a few months ago had a gas boiler installed in my house, that’s quite an admission for an environment correspondent who reports on climate change.

The problem is that greener options are financially out of reach for me and – it seems – most Scots.

That is something I have been investigating for BBC Scotland’s Disclosure.

We commissioned a survey of 1,009 Scots, conducted by Savanta ComRes, which suggests price is putting many people off making greener lifestyle choices.

Full story here.

The poll finds that 71% won’t buy an electric car because of cost, with 64% saying the same about low carbon heating. Other concerns about fitness for purpose feature highly. I suspect also that many responders don’t even have a clue how much extra electrification costs, which put the figures even higher.

It really does not take a genius to work any of this out.

And, of course, behind all of this is the fact that most people realise that whatever personal decisions they make will have zip all effect on the climate.

But what really took my eye was this totally gratuitous segment of the report:

The idea that droughts are increasing in Scotland is absolutely absurd. Indeed the opposite is true, it is getting wetter. Neither is it getting drier in spring or summer, when fires are most likely to occur

The BBC article uses the Flow Country wildfire in May 2019 as an example. The Flow Country lies in the north of Scotland, but that spring was not an unusually dry one there. In fact it was wetter than normal, the 28th wettest since 1862, according to the Met Office.

Whatever the cause of it, it was not drought.

As for the fire chief’s comparison with the Portugal climate, I can only suggest he sticks to his day job!



March 30, 2021 at 05:15AM